From offshore salmon and halibut fishing to inshore saltwater or fresh water fly fishing, Tofino’s waters are home to possibilities… with fish and charter options.
Clayoquot Sound and its offshore waters present fishers with a multitude of sustainable fishing options on a nearly year-round basis. Anglers of all levels can get out on the water, learn about the local ecosystem and possibly come home with fresh seafood! Winter and spring highlights include trap fishing for spot prawns and dungeness crab while excellent bottom fish fishing happens March through November. Chinook salmon can be pursued year-round, and coho salmon and albacore tuna round out summer and fall.
2019 Chinook fishing regulations:
In this region, Chinook salmon fishing remains open up to one nautical mile offshore. The retention of two Chinook salmon per licensed person, per day, four in possession applies. This near-shore zone includes some longstanding, productive spots. Starting July 15, 2019, fishing of Chinook salmon offshore will resume.
Click here to see the regulations.
Our member fishing Charter outfitters are equipped with the gear, local knowledge and skills to take you where the fish are.
While the main goal for many people is to target salmon offshore, our waters are also home to large bottomfish like halibut, lingcod and rockfish. Delicate spot prawns can be fished in winter and spring, and there’s also Dungeness crab, known for its sweet, mild flavour. Fishing charters can be generally scheduled as a full ten-hour day, or a five or six hour half day.
If you’re interested in an all-ages boating trip, some outfitters offer a tour where distances travelled from the harbour are shorter than for a standard offshore charter, staying inshore (on our calmer inlet waters) or going slightly offshore. The fun can include learning to jig, setting and retrieving crab traps and some wildlife viewing.
Last but certainly not least in the saltwater category is fly fishing. It’s an art, a skill and a sport. Get set up with a fly fishing lesson and you may just come away from it with fish – and a lifelong drive to perfect that cast.
634 Campbell Street, Tofino, BC
630 Campbell Street, Box 707, Tofino, BC
Distance To Tofino: 2km
561 Campbell Street, Box 652, Tofino, BC
Distance To Tofino: 1km
335 lone cone rd. box 829, Tofino, BC
Distance To Tofino: 1.2km
Distance To Tofino: 0.5km
341 Olsen Road, Box 160, Tofino, BC
Distance To Tofino: 1.3km
368 Main Street, Unit 105, The Shore Building, Box 919, Tofino, BC
Trilogy Fish Store Dock, Tofino, BC
Moored at the Trilogy Fish Dock, 630 Campbell St. , Box 690, Tofino, BC
605 Gibson St #109, Tofino, BC
Distance To Tofino: .5km
Box 578, Ucluelet, BC
Distance To Tofino: 42km
P.O. Box 1063, Ucluelet, BC
This is fly fishing paradise, where you’ll find adventure (and freshwater species) beyond Tofino’s harbour.
Pack up and board a seaplane or a helicopter to access the remote streams and lakes of Clayoquot Sound. Cutthroat, Rainbow and the feisty Steelhead trout inhabit these waters. The rule here is strictly catch-and-release, so you may want to have a camera handy for the victory shot.
You’ll need a printed fishing license for any kind of fishing you decide to do, saltwater or freshwater – even if you decide to fish from the beach.
Saltwater fishing? Apply for a tidal-water sport fishing license here.
Freshwater fishing? Apply for a freshwater fishing license here.